It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. ― Leonardo da Vinci

A scavenger sifts through garbage piled on the bank of Beirut river. Lebanese protest organisers called for a fresh demonstration against the government on Saturday after two days of rallies that turned violent in central Beirut and wounded scores of people. The "You Stink" campaign has mobilised against the government's failure to solve a garbage disposal crisis, bringing thousands of people onto the streets in protests that have threatened the survival of the cabinet. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
A scavenger sifts through garbage piled on the bank of Beirut river. Lebanese protest organisers called for a fresh demonstration against the government on Saturday after two days of rallies that turned violent in central Beirut and wounded scores of people. The “You Stink” campaign has mobilised against the government’s failure to solve a garbage disposal crisis, bringing thousands of people onto the streets in protests that have threatened the survival of the cabinet. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
A car drives past burning garbage set on fire by residents, in Baabda near Beirut. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
A car drives past burning garbage set on fire by residents, in Baabda near Beirut. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
A member of a Lebanese engineering unit hangs by a wire as he removes a concrete wall dubbed by demonstrators as "wall of shame."that was installed by authorities, near the main Lebanese government building, in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
A member of a Lebanese engineering unit hangs by a wire as he removes a concrete wall dubbed by demonstrators as “wall of shame.”that was installed by authorities, near the main Lebanese government building, in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
A man sits on a slab of concrete being lifted by a crane as a Lebanese engineering unit remove a concrete wall. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
A man sits on a slab of concrete being lifted by a crane as a Lebanese engineering unit remove a concrete wall. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
A police officer on a motorcycle drives through piles of waste on the Salim Salam road. (Karim Mostafa / Al Jazeera)
A police officer on a motorcycle drives through piles of waste on the Salim Salam road. (Karim Mostafa / http://karimphoto.com/ )
Lebanese women have their picture taken in front a concrete wall. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
Lebanese women have their picture taken in front a concrete wall. (Hassan Ammar / AP)
A policeman peaking at the protesters from behind the "Wall of Shame" that is seperating the demonstration from the entrance of the Grand Serail. (Hussein Baydoun / Alaraby)
A policeman peaking at the protesters from behind the “Wall of Shame” that is seperating the demonstration from the entrance of the Grand Serail. (Hussein Baydoun / Alaraby)
The concrete security barrier covered in graffiti less than 24 hours after it was installed by the security forces. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
The concrete security barrier covered in graffiti less than 24 hours after it was installed by the security forces. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
A Lebanese policeman passes by an empty chair, that protesters placed to represent the presidential vacuum, in front of a concrete wall.(Bilal Hussein / AP)
A Lebanese policeman passes by an empty chair, that protesters placed to represent the presidential vacuum, in front of a concrete wall.(Bilal Hussein / AP)
Lebanese security forces intervene to disperse protestors during a protest against the ongoing garbage crisis and demand the resignation of the Government at Riad El-Solh Square in Beirut. (Anadolu Agency)
Lebanese security forces intervene to disperse protestors during a protest against the ongoing garbage crisis and demand the resignation of the Government at Riad El-Solh Square in Beirut. (Anadolu Agency)
Lebanese security forces fire tear-gas canisters towards protesters during clashes following a demonstration in Beirut. (AFP / Getty images)
Lebanese security forces fire tear-gas canisters towards protesters during clashes following a demonstration in Beirut. (AFP / Getty images)
This is a police that all of a sudden was completely lost. He went from being hard and aggressive to completely losing it, he just sat down and started to cry. Protestors who saw him ran up him and when they noticed he was crying they started helping him. (Karim Mostapha)
This is a police that all of a sudden was completely lost. He went from being hard and aggressive to completely losing it, he just sat down and started to cry. Protestors who saw him ran up him and when they noticed he was crying they started helping him. (Karim Mostapha / http://karimphoto.com/)
A protestor gestures to a Lebanese Security member during a protest against corruption and rubbish collection problems near the government palace in Beirut. Ten people were wounded due to clashes between Lebanese security forces and protestors. The graffiti on the wall reads: "Revolution ". (Hasan Shaaban / REUTERS)
A protestor gestures to a Lebanese Security member during a protest against corruption and rubbish collection problems near the government palace in Beirut. Ten people were wounded due to clashes between Lebanese security forces and protestors. The graffiti on the wall reads: “Revolution “. (Hasan Shaaban / REUTERS)
A Lebanese man holds on to barbed wire blocking a down street around a Government building, during a protest in Beirut. (OLIVER WEIKEN / EPA)
A Lebanese man holds on to barbed wire blocking a down street around a Government building, during a protest in Beirut. (OLIVER WEIKEN / EPA)
Lebanese protesters are sprayed with water during a protest against corruption and against the government's failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal, near the government palace in Beirut. Lebanese security forces fired water cannon at protesters demonstrating against the government near Prime Minister Tammam Salam's offices in Beirut on Sunday. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Lebanese protesters are sprayed with water during a protest against corruption and against the government’s failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal, near the government palace in Beirut. Lebanese security forces fired water cannon at protesters demonstrating against the government near Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s offices in Beirut on Sunday. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
A protester is seen in front the government house during a protest against the ongoing garbage crisis in Beirut, Lebanon. (RATIB AL SAFADI / ANADOLU AGENCY)
A protester is seen in front the government house during a protest against the ongoing garbage crisis in Beirut, Lebanon. (RATIB AL SAFADI / ANADOLU AGENCY)
People fleeing from Riad El-Soloh square after anti-riot police shot tear gas toward the protesters. (Patrick Mouzawak)
People fleeing from Riad El-Soloh square after anti-riot police shot tear gas toward the protesters. (Patrick Mouzawak)
Lebanese activists are sprayed by riot police using water cannons, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in front of the government house. (Hussein Malla / AP)
Lebanese activists are sprayed by riot police using water cannons, during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in front of the government house. (Hussein Malla / AP)
People wave Lebanese flags as they protest against corruption and against the government's failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
People wave Lebanese flags as they protest against corruption and against the government’s failure to resolve a crisis over rubbish disposal. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Lebanese protesters wave the national flag during a demonstration organized by the #YouStink campaign in Beirut. (AFP / Getty Images)
Lebanese protesters wave the national flag during a demonstration organized by the #YouStink campaign in Beirut. (AFP / Getty Images)
Lebanese activists shout slogans during a protest against the ongoing garbage crisis, near the Lebanese Government Palace. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Lebanese activists shout slogans during a protest against the ongoing garbage crisis, near the Lebanese Government Palace. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Syrian singer Mayada El Hennawy gives a concert at the Baalbeck Temples during the Baalbeck International Festival in Baalbeck. (Wael Hamzeh)
Syrian singer Mayada El Hennawy gives a concert at the Baalbeck Temples during the Baalbeck International Festival in Baalbeck. (Wael Hamzeh)
The touristic island of "Al-zira" beside Saida seashore is being lit up by the municipality and the "Friends of Al-zira association.
The touristic island of “Al-zira” beside Saida seashore is being lit up by the municipality and the “Friends of Al-zira association.
A member of the Palestinian Fatah Movement fires his weapon during clashes that erupted with Islamists in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh near the southern port city of Sidon. Intense clashes persisted Tuesday in the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon between Islamists and members of the Palestinian Fatah movement. The fighting pitted the Fatah movement against several extremist Islamist groups including Jund al-Sham and Fatah al-Islam. (Mohammed Zaatari / AP)
A member of the Palestinian Fatah Movement fires his weapon during clashes that erupted with Islamists in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ein el-Hilweh near the southern port city of Sidon. Intense clashes persisted Tuesday in the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon between Islamists and members of the Palestinian Fatah movement. The fighting pitted the Fatah movement against several extremist Islamist groups including Jund al-Sham and Fatah al-Islam. (Mohammed Zaatari / AP)
Palestinian residents flee Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, due to clashes in the area. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
Palestinian residents flee Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, due to clashes in the area. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
Members of the Lebanese armed forces watch supporters of Lebanese Colonel, Rabih Jamil Kahil, block the ring road with burning tires and trash during a protest against a court ruling on the case of Kahil's death. According to reports the magistrate charged fugitive Hicham Daou with premeditated murder while Elie Daou, who had turned himself over to authorities, was charged with involvement in Kahil's killing 26 July 2015 in a dispute with the two young men in the Bdadoun area. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Members of the Lebanese armed forces watch supporters of Lebanese Colonel, Rabih Jamil Kahil, block the ring road with burning tires and trash during a protest against a court ruling on the case of Kahil’s death. According to reports the magistrate charged fugitive Hicham Daou with premeditated murder while Elie Daou, who had turned himself over to authorities, was charged with involvement in Kahil’s killing 26 July 2015 in a dispute with the two young men in the Bdadoun area. (WAEL HAMZEH / EPA)
Atheles (from L to R) Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad And Tobago, Ivet Lalova-Collio of Bulgaria, Patricia Taea of Cook Islands, Ezinne Okparaebo of Norway, Murielle Ahoure of Cote D'ivoire, Isidora Jimenez of Chile, Crystal Emmanuel of Canada and Aziza Sbaity of Lebanon compete at the start of the heat 2 of the women's 100 metres during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China. (Pawel Kopczynski / REUTERS)
Atheles (from L to R) Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad And Tobago, Ivet Lalova-Collio of Bulgaria, Patricia Taea of Cook Islands, Ezinne Okparaebo of Norway, Murielle Ahoure of Cote D’ivoire, Isidora Jimenez of Chile, Crystal Emmanuel of Canada and Aziza Sbaity of Lebanon compete at the start of the heat 2 of the women’s 100 metres during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China. (Pawel Kopczynski / REUTERS)
Omar Souleyman the iconic Syrian musician on stage in a concert in Beirut. (Karim Mostafa)
Omar Souleyman the iconic Syrian musician on stage in a concert in Beirut. (Karim Mostafa / http://karimphoto.com/)
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